New York has taken a giant step towards a fully renewable energy system by addressing the issue of the use of fossil fuel use for space heating, and making heating and cooling renewable. This is perhaps the most neglected sector in terms of the requirements for a transition to an efficient and renewable energy system. The New York State Energy Research and Development Administration (NYSERDA) is to be congratulated not only for providing transitional rebates for geothermal heat pumps but even more for publishing the Renewable Heating and Cooling Policy Framework.

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